Searching for a perfect, unbelievably scrumptious pumpkin for the perfect pumpkin pie has been quite a challenge for the Pucci family. The first year's pumpkin, purchased at the local grocery was good, but not the "Giants-winning" or "school- closing" kind of pie. In following years, they tried a pumpkin patch and an organic farm. The pies they made were good, but not the "melt in your mouth, gotta have another piece" kind. Soon the Puccis discover that the secret to the best pumpkin for pies is right in their own backyard! Colorful, cartoon-like illustrations and imaginative analogies accompany the pumpkin search. Also included are fun and interesting pumpkin facts. Did you know that pumpkins are the largest fruits in the world and they were once thought to be useful in removing freckles? Reading the book aloud and making a pie from the recipe in the book would be great fall fun. 2001, Fulcrum Publishing, $17.95. Ages 4 to 10. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
Gloria Evangelista is an award-winning author who has been called a "fresh and original voice in children's literature." Her book Ignacio's Chair won the Silver Medal in ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Award and was chosen by BookSense as a notable book. Shawn Shea, an award-winning artist, has illustrated 16 books. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his fiancee, Linda, and their two cats.